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PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI  53547-5235
Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246

The VA Claims Intake Center - Eastern Region
Department of Veterans Affairs

PO Box 5235
Newnan, GA   30271-0020
Toll Free Fax Newnan – 844-531-7817

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Veteran Groups Sue VA for Ending Informal Disability Claims Process

Five national veteran's organizations have filed suit against the Veterans Affairs Department over its move ending informal claims applications and requiring veterans to fill out standardized forms.
The plaintiffs are The American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, AMVETS, and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

The VAWatchdog continues to support the progress that the VBA is making.

As usual, we disagree with the Veterans Service Organizations (VSO's) who  

oppose the VBA plans to upgrade their electronic capabilities.  We believe that the VSO's

are continuing to guard what was their territory...the filing of claims through their

marginally skilled veterans service officer (vso's) representatives.

These are the same people who objected

to veterans using professional veterans law attorneys. You see, without

their vso representatives, these veterans organizations lose their only tool to recruit

dues paying members. They send out hoards of veterans service officers to

offer you a "free" service, filing your claim. As you sit with the vso, you're encouraged

to purchase a membership in their organization. Once you've signed up

and handed them your money, you won't hear from that vso again. The veterans service

officer you meet in the halls of the VA medical center is no more than a recruiter with

a pointed mission...sign up new veterans.

If you don't join, if the government won't support them with tax

dollars and they can't support their meeting halls, bars and Sunday BBQ's.

This has nothing to do with your future, it's all about feathering their well padded

nest and continuing the government and veteran funded party they've had for 

far too long. Think about it. Did anyone ask you what you think?

This lawsuit is smoke and mirrors designed by people who have no interest in your

future other than as a dues paying member of their clubhouse.

If you don't believe it, try to join their organization by handing them a scrap of paper,

just as they propose that you should be able to apply for benefits. Go ahead. 

Stop by the local bar/hall and give the people you find there a napkin with

the words, "I'm joining your org." on it. 

You'll be required to complete their form.  Ironic? No, just greedy.

Veterans are ​smarter than these groups think.

Let them pad their wallets elsewhere. VBA is forging ahead.

If it's forms you want, try this...

​Join AMVETS    Join American Legion     ​Join VVA

Join NVLSP    Join MOPH

VA chief misses 80 days, still collects $179,000
Hamlin was paid $179,700 despite being absent from the hospital approximately

one in three business days last year. For part of that time, he was traveling to Florida, where he previously lived. He was arrested by Florida police while sitting in his car at 2:00 a.m. on the 26th.
Police said that he smelled of alcohol, twice refused to take a breath test, and that they

found oxycodone for which he did not have a prescription.

He reportedly refused to say where he got the painkiller.

​The VA Has a Drug Problem

​“VA’s Drug-Free Workplace Program is not accomplishing its primary goal of

ensuring that illegal drug use is eliminated and that the VA workplace is safe,” the OIG reported.

VA official out as head of troubled Reno office

An official with the Department of Veterans Affairs who drew the ire of two

Nevada members of Congress is departing as director of the Reno regional

benefits office, the department confirmed on Tuesday.

VA’s failure to share data hurts vets at risk of prescription abuse

Connecticut veterans are escaping the notice of a state program aimed at combating

prescription drug abuse, an epidemic among those veterans; and the federal government's 

Department of Veterans Affairs is to blame, a state official says.

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly

$93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) 3-year grants that will

help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. 

New Head Of Womens Care At White River Junction VA Says Outreach Is Key

The number of female veterans receiving care at VA facilities has doubled

in the past decade. That figure is expected to grow, with close to 200,000

women having served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of Michigan veterans miss out on benefits

Hundreds of thousands of Michiganians who qualify for veteran benefits

aren't using them, and many vets don't know they're eligible.


Army veteran confronts panhandler over stolen valor

​When Army veteran Garrett Goodwin saw a panhandler in Tampa, Fla. asking

for money while wearing a military uniform, something didn't look right. So

he confronted the man, demanding to see proof of his military service.

6 veterans per day seeking post-traumatic stress help – military charity

​Experts warn the “floodgates” of post-traumatic stress are about to open,

as a top armed forces charity claims mental health issues among

military personnel have risen 26 percent over the last year.


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​VVA Joins in Lawsuit Against VA for Violating Rights of Disabled Vets

​“The new rule, which went into effect March 25, eradicates the decades-old right of a

veteran to write a letter to the VA, seeking a specific VA benefit and having

the VA consider that letter as an informal claim."

Nonsense. Under the old rule, writing a letter to VA seeking a specific benefit would

trigger a formal claim. That would begin the claims process and establish the effective date. 

Writing that letter and sending it to VA isn't any simpler than completing a form.

The lawsuit is a waste of time and is holding up progress. Try to sign up on

the VVA web site without completing a form. Good luck with that.

VA cuts disability backlog by nearly 70% over the last two years

The Veterans Affairs Department has reduced its backlog of disability claims

by nearly 70 percent in the last two years, says a March 30 VA statement.

2 Vietnam veterans fighting for federal VA benefits

Ray has been without gas at his home in Pineville since February. He is disabled and has no transportation. His cousin and some strangers have helped him make ends meet when they could.

VA fails to drug test majority of hires in 2013: report

The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to administer a drug test to about 70

percent of employees hired in 2013 who were supposed to be tested,

according to an inspector general report released Monday.

Former Hawaii VA Supervisor Circumvented Benefits Claims Policy

A former supervisor at the Honolulu Veterans Affairs regional office acted inappropriately

when he failed to follow proper procedure for processing benefits claims,

according to a new report from the department’s inspector general.

VA Makes Gains in Faster Disability Claims Processing

The federal initiative to provide timely decisions on disability payments to

Veterans has crossed a major milestone in its final sprint to

eliminate the backlog of Veterans’ benefits claims.

Macon widow sues VA for delays in husband’s cancer care

He depended on the Department of Veterans Affairs for his medical care when he was

diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2010 while living in Tennessee.
After a series of delayed treatments and surgeries, McKinley died

Sept. 21, 2013, at age 66, about a year after he and his family moved to Macon.

Major problems still plague VA care

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Congress continue to make changes in the

Veterans Choice Card program, yet major problems such as

low payment rates to physicians, complicated scheduling and

technicalities within the law continue to cause problems for veterans.

VA hospital goes critical

There's no sugarcoating it, the Aurora VA hospital project is a mess: about a billion

dollars over budget and expected to be finished years late - if it gets finished at all.

'Irrefutably unsafe': Hearing to showcase whistleblowers, VA brass

​Former employees of the beleaguered Tomah VA Medical Center say their warnings

of dangerous overmedication of veterans went unheeded for years,

while the VA’s own investigators say they could not find wrongdoing.

Senator Ron Johnson Speaks About Tomah VA Scandal

​Monday, Congress will meet in Wisconsin and hear from people who say the

Tomah Veteran Affairs Medical Center has been over prescribing opioid pain killers.

Whistleblowers, vets' families to have say on Tomah VA

A construction contractor from Stevens Point will relive the "most painful day" of his life —

when his son died at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

Congressional ire grows over delays, rising costs for VA hospitals​

​Congressional scrutiny is intensifying for Veterans Affairs Department hospital

projects that are costing more and taking longer to build than originally planned.